Oct 28, 2012 8:00am EDT
, he's known to many as europe's last dictator. alexander lukashenko has dominated belarus for nearly 20 years. his longevity is matched only by the length of the charge sheet against him, including allegations of human rights abuses and even torture. apparently mr. lukashenko thinks talk of democracy is being used as a cover for what he calls plunder by the west. we join the latest press baron on a trip to conduct a rare interview with the man. just a warning -- this film contains flash photography. >> right on the edge of europe, a place that ascends so many european values. we've come to minute ask with the youngest newspaper proprietor. we're on our way to a rare meeting. not many get to see the corridors of bela russian power. this is an opportunity to put on the spot the man known as europe's last dictator. it's also a challenge for the ambitious son of a russian olivark. president alexander lukashenko has been in power for 18 years. he's been accused of torture and human rights abuses. he has thrown his opponents in prison, banned protests and restricted freedom of expression.
Oct 2, 2012 9:30am PDT
affected in the aftermath of chernobyl in 1986. yet, alexander lukashenko, known as europe's last dictator, is having a brand-new reactor built in his country. >> the northwest corner of belarus near the lithuanian corner, one of the lucky areas of the country that was not contaminated by the chernobyl nuclear disaster. a peculiar choice of location for the poverty-stricken nation to build its first nuclear power plant. the first buildings sport a quote by victor lukashenko. the technology is russian. moscow's lending belarus nearly 10 billion euros to build this, the first of its kind. according to the government, the majority of belarussians support the project. we've been told to follow this white car to a place where we can talk. tatiana, like most others here, does not want to be seen speaking with western journalists, especially not if they oppose nuclear energy. she is comfortable talking here on her farm in the middle of the woods. tatyana has thyroid cancer. there has been a marked increase in the disease since chernobyl. she was a vocal opponent of the new plant until sh